The use of wheatgrass can be traced back all the way to ancient Egypt where the leaves were used for their health benefits. However it wasn’t until the 20th century that scientists fully explored the benefits of wheatgrass. It has gained popularity in the West where the leaves are blended and mixed into drinks. These are found in specialty food stores and juice bars (very expensive). The wheatgrass is safe for those that have wheat allergies and is considered powerhouse of nutrients that provide the body with optimal health.
One oz. of wheatgrass juice has: 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 8 grams of dietary fiber, 0 grams of sugar, 8 grams of protein, and has the same nutrients as two pounds of green vegetables. Not only available in they can also be acquired in supplement form that still benefits people who have diabetes or trying to lose weight.
- The most prominent feature of wheatgrass is its chlorophyll content. Consuming it will increase phytanic acid which can reduce the occurrence of type 2 diabetes, diabetic symptoms, detoxifies the body, and increases the circulation of oxygen in the body.
- Wheatgrass is a good source of fiber content that helps regulate blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and boosts your digestive system that helps regulate bowel movement.
- An excellent source of antioxidants such as vitamin C, E, magnesium, and meta-carotene. These protect the body from free radicals that causes cellular damage which can lead to cancer, aging, and numerous diseases.
- Recent studies have shown that wheatgrass and other vegan foods may help the pancreas increase insulin production. Helps flush out toxins from the liver which can indirectly help with diabetes due to the toxic substances being linked with the occurrence of diabetes and its systems.
- Wheatgrass also helps boost recovery time of wounds which is an incredible benefit for diabetics due to their decreased ability to heal and increased foot ulcers. Researchers have claimed that simply rubbing wheatgrass juice onto your skin will increase you blood cell count (improves circulation).
- Wheatgrass also has cosmetic benefits that include scalp treatment for more luscious hair, skin cleanser, and even sinus treatment.
Please be careful when drinking wheatgrass juice as excessive amounts may lead to nauseous, vomiting, or dizziness. If growing at home try to avoid bathing it with direct sunlight as this will increase the chances of the grass getting mold, which can make you very sick. If served at any establishment avoid if it has a pungent taste or smell as this is an indicator of mold. Always consult a nutritionist making drastic changes to your diet.